We move through our lives from task to task, from challenge
to challenge. We keep moving forward, sometimes with ease sometimes with fear,
but always moving forward.
For many of us, the past year and a half has been filled with
challenges. We’ve been asked to do things we’ve never done before. We have
navigated challenges that seemed impossible at first and yet we kept going the
best we could.
The challenges were emotional as well as physical. Doing
everything differently, being separated from our jobs, isolated from our birth
families and soul families, and then getting back to a new normal, it took an
How do we continue to move forward with all these
We pause, reflect, release, and celebrate.
Pause, Reflect, Release, and Celebrate.
It may seem counter intuitive to celebrate while we continue
to experience challenges but hear me out. What if we acknowledge what we’ve overcome
and endured, and allowed it to fuel us forward?
As Glennon Doyle says, we can do hard things! So, let’s do
this, let’s pause, reflect, release, and celebrate.
Pause – Make time for yourself to sit and be with
your own energy. Tell the family you need time to be with yourself to do some
personal work. Schedule time to be alone. Make it happen.
Reflect – Set a time frame, since March 2020 may be interesting,
but choose what works for you and your experience. Create a list of the
challenges you navigated, the lessons that grew you, the skills that you
learned, and every little and big that happened. All of it, the good, the bad,
the ugly and all without shame or judgment.
Release – Using your list as reference, what have you
moved past? What can you release? Can you release unhelpful emotions? Can you
release fear? Create a way to release, fire and/or water can be fantastic for releasing
unhelpful energies. Take a bath, burn a list of what you’re releasing, do what
Celebrate – What on your list will you celebrate?
Little things, big things, anything, celebrate what you can. Especially if your
chosen timeframe has been hard, think in terms of gratitude and celebrate that.
If all you have is gratitude, celebrate your ability to be in gratitude. Celebrate
in any way that serves you, dance, cheers, share with loved ones, sit in the glow
of your growth. Celebrate you!
Now, when we are faced with new challenges, we can remember that
we can do hard things. We know that we can overcome challenges. We have been
through so much and navigated it to the best of our ability. We can release what
no longer serves us and celebrate our accomplishments and who we are now.
My List, What I’m Releasing and What I’m Celebrating.
When I did this exercise for myself, I freaked myself out. My
timeframe was ‘since March 2020’, and had I not done this I may have glossed
over a very important time for me, a time with as much to release as there was
My list – Since 2020 I have; changed careers,
completed coach training, created a website, launched my business, started
writing a weekly blog, had articles published for the first time, started and completed
three online mindfulness and consciousness courses, started and completed
meditation teacher training, been diagnosed with breast cancer, had a bilateral
mastectomy, completed radiation treatment, survived the pandemic, moved
apartments once, and continued my spiritual awakening. Whew! It was a very
transformative time for me.
What I’m releasing – Fear of speaking my mind, fear
of showing up authentically, overthinking everything, playing small, and disregarding
What I’m celebrating – The strength that I’ve gained
by putting myself out there, surviving cancer, learning to create balance in my
life, creating a career that I love, serving clients that I love, learning to
prioritize my needs, and my self-care.
Cancer Journey Update.
This past week has been tough…again. Radiation treatment
caused a blister under my right arm which then became an open wound about the
size of a quarter. I had no idea how to treat a wound like this because it’s a radiation
burn and not just a normal skin wound. With the help of my radiation oncologist
and the radiation nurse, we figured out a way to treat it, bandage it, and
manage it. It’s improving...slowly.
I’m like a human lava lamp, reddish burns flare and fade,
come and go slowly. There are still parts of the radiation treatment area that
are flaring up and others that are healing. It’s so weird and I’m so grateful
to be healing.
Self-care is my full-time job now. It’s a lesson that I
needed to learn so I’m grateful to my cancer for teaching me that lesson. The
balance that it’s created in my life is beautiful.
I’m so grateful you’re here, dear reader. I hope this serves
you in some way. I would love to hear about your list and what you found to
release and celebrate. Please leave comments on social media where you found
The image this week is of the page in my journal with my
list from July, 28th,
Until next week,